In court, as in life, perception can make all the difference. The ultimate example: consciousness of guilt, which holds far more influence over the modern court system than it should. This concept posits that certain defendant behaviors automatically indicate guilt. Over the years, assumptions surrounding consciousness of guilt have influenced a variety of criminal convictions, sometimes convincing judges…

Dealing with the criminal justice system is always nerve-wracking, but it can prove particularly stressful for alleged offenders under the age of 18. Some minors take solace in the assumption that they’ll be treated with kid gloves as they navigate juvenile court. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Florida minors often face harsh sentences, many of which…

The unfortunate reality of life after conviction is that your criminal record can follow you for years or even decades. Sometimes, these concerns extend beyond the usual hassles with securing employment and housing. If you find yourself dealing with any new criminal issues, you’ll quickly find that your past conviction makes it a lot more…

If you are in a car crash that involves injury or extensive damage, it is your legal responsibility to report the incident to the police. As a Florida driver, however, you also receive significant incentive to fulfill this duty: the state maintains an accident report privilege policy that could prove extremely helpful if you might otherwise…

Florida has seen sweeping political changes in 2019, including the inauguration of Governor Ron DeSantis and the proposal of several major ballot initiatives. Additionally, a variety of new laws went into effect this year, promising to change many aspects of daily life throughout the state. It’s not easy to keep up with all these changes, so…

The Emerald Coast is famous not only for its stunning beaches but also for the huge population of dolphins that can be spotted by boat or from local piers. Playful and friendly, these creatures are a delight to behold. Unfortunately, local dolphins are far more vulnerable than most people realize. Dolphin crimes are on the…

Criminal proceedings are complicated enough as is in the state of Florida, but what if the alleged crime purely surrounds the agreement to commit a different offense? This situation forms the basis of criminal conspiracy, which can deliver surprisingly harsh penalties for accused individuals. Learn all about Criminal Conspiracy Charges in Florida below. Criminal Conspiracy…

With public opinion quickly shifting on the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis, it’s only a matter of time before the substance is legal in most states — or even at the federal level. Until recently, however, recreational marijuana in Florida has remained a step behind many other states. Not only does recreational marijuana remain…

It is common practice for Destin attorneys to instruct their clients to remain quiet in court and during police interactions — and for good reason. Unfortunately, if you are arrested and charged with a crime in Northwest Florida, anything you say — even the most seemingly innocuous statements — can eventually be used against you. Many Florida residents…

Several areas of criminal law are undergoing significant changes. One of the most notable — and the most often forgotten by everyday Florida residents — involves asset forfeiture. Common practices established in hopes of combating the drug epidemics of the 1980s and 1990s are now being scaled back in recognition of the devastation they can impart. Despite…

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